Coast Guard rescues two people in Galveston Bay after catamaran capsizes

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two people from Galveston Bay in the vicinity of Smith Point after the catamaran they were sailing capsized Sunday, June 7.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 2:30 p.m. from a 48-year-old man, reporting that the 19-foot catamaran he and fellow boater, age 45, were sailing was taking on water. A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65C rescue helicopter crew was launched and arrived on scene to find that both men were forced to abandon the catamaran once it capsized.

[amazon-product]0312363729[/amazon-product]The rescue helicopter crew hoisted the two men and transported them back to Air Station Houston at Ellington Field where they awaited transportation.

Both men were reported to be in good condition.

“They were only one-half mile from the shore. It was very tempting for them to swim for it. There is a reason for staying with the boat. For the person looking from 500 feet above in the air it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” said Lt. Kevin Kurczewski, an Air Station Houston MH-65C pilot.

Video of interview with Lt. Kevin Kurczewski.

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